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Roman Kitties!

From Wikipedia:

The Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary is a cat shelter in Rome, Italy, that makes use of the ancient ruins of Largo di Torre Argentina by providing a home within them for around 150 cats. After the excavation of the temple ruins in 1929, feral cats moved into the area, sheltered by roman pillars and fed by locals. In the 1950s, an actor named Antonio Crast, found the old warehouse where archeologists in the 20s kept there tools. It was there that he began feeding the feral cats.The keys to the warehouse were passed down until they landed in the hands of the founders of the sanctuary—one of them being Lia Dequel. Since then the shelter has grown, with volunteers coming every day of the week to feed, care for, and vaccinate the cats.

 

 

 

3 Responses to Roman Kitties!

  1. I’ve been there. It’s pretty great. Cats lounging on top of 2500 year old ruins is a little surreal, but very charming . Anybody who loves cats will love Rome. They’re everywhere. I can also recommend The Non Catholic Cemetery as another good place for very friendly cats.

  2. I’ve been there too. There’s also a similar sanctuary for dogs. I’m not sure why Americans have to keep animals in cages. The feral cats seem to do fine just wandering around. Although, I wonder if they are fixed?

    Another thing I loved about Rome was that if an object was excavated around your home, it had to be on display somehow. Apparently Rome is just a city built on piles of garbage. I need to visit it again but this time with a side trip to Venice instead of Florence. And the apartment I stayed in was just as old as my current apartment but all the charming goodies were still there. No liability laws!

  3. I wish I knew where my pictures were of this place. It was so much fun to see kitties hanging out among the ruins. Well, when I find them I will share.

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